Religion and the Sabbath – Sunday Worship Part 10D- Jesus and the Apostles
Many tried to write a good manuscripts, magazine articles, books, pamphlets, screens, scriptwriters, school compositions, and even business flyers need writing skills but failed because of a lack of inspiration. Many inspired writers wrote the good news during the ancient time of Israel but did not make it to be included in the Bible; why is that? When you read these gospels, it gives a feeling of their truthfulness. It is inspiring to receive this knowledge, and not all have a chance to have this feeling. These writings are not available from ancient times and are hidden because of the unavailability of the media. Since a powerful religion controls the book or written manuscripts, the success of the writers depends on the influence of this religion, and getting it out to the people is beyond their reach.
Some of these writing became Apocrypha, some were lost, and some probably were destroyed to protect their interest. Some may have been destroyed by the work of nature, like earthquakes, typhoons, floods, and others. Even the epistles of Paul are now found to be not all Paul’s work. Why does God allow it to happen when it says that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” Did God inspire them to do which one to publish, hide, or destroy? Why can this religion choose which goes to be in the Bible?
Recent discoveries and revelations turned the Bible unprofitable for spiritual growth but confusion. If they can change what was in the contents today, they can also change it in the future, making it less profitable for doctrine. When confusion arises, the best thing to do is like the Bereans during Paul’s time; they don’t just believe it without examining and talking about its truthfulness. We have the word of God to follow because of its honest advice and warnings. We should not stop reading or listening to preachers but be sure we are equipped with the spirit of discernment. We do not argue with the preachers or teachers when we hear them say that it is out of context and beyond our understanding, but we also have the responsibility to remind others about the things that are not right. When the Preachers or Teachers stick to out-of-context preachings and teachings, we can walk away and not argue over words because arguing does not do any good but only leads to hatred and the destruction of a relationship. The gospel was already preached to us before we heard them, and it doesn’t profit us but comes short of the truth.
The word that the less mature listeners heard will not bear fruit since the truth is not in them; it is not profitable for spiritual growth. On the other side, as Christians, we have a responsibility to lead and to lead it well, not to overthrow the leadership but to reprimand and put the wrong things right, and the crown of righteousness is at hand. We start with the leaders. Then, if they insist on their wrongdoings, we can bring the situation to the congregation, as suggested in Mathew 18. We already know that before it happens, they will excommunicate us to protect their interest and faces from embarrassment, but that is not our intention to destroy it but to make it proper—reference: 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:1-2, Hebrews 8:10. (Emphasis mine).
Acts 13:14—”But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.”
Acts 16:13—”And on the Sabbath day, we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there.”
Acts 17:2—”Then Paul, as his custom was, went into them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures.”
Acts 13:42-44—”So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. On the next Sabbath, almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.”
Acts 18:4—He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and persuaded Jews and Greeks.
God is all in all.